In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         National events

·         International events, publications and news



Other News

Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download click here!


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Shelley Lizzio
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Welcome to the August 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward the information to myself ( before 18 September 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


DAY 1: Addressing the communication challenge to facilitate the mainstreaming of biodiversity into business



1.     Non-movement of consumers towards becoming green is a big challenge for brands in meeting their sustainability targets.

2.     This is also a challenge for the sustainability movement as a whole because it represents a lack of return on investment for companies.

3.     Investing in communications is a vital aspect to any transformation process.

4.     A business needs a clever advertising campaign to showcase what our brands stand for.

5.     Your communications partner is a major stakeholder in your future success.


National events


NCPC-SA initiated a programme called Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme (GISP) to explore new opportunities and implement innovative   technologies to unlock the potential of underutilised resources. The GISP Business Opportunity Workshop is an opportunity for companies with underutilised resources to exchange resources within companies, industries, research and development agencies and local universities that will utilise them as input materials. The third GISP workshop will take place on 9 September 2015. For more information see attached. To RSVP email


International events, publications and news

UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption has concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development. To read more click here.

The World Conservation Congress 2016 issues a call for contributions. Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business and academia.  "Planet at the crossroads" is the theme of the next Congress, which will be held in Hawai'i, and a public Forum will take place from 2-5 September. If your organisation would like to host an event, please reply to the call for contributions by 15 October. For more information click here.

The Indian Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI), together with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, released a publication titled Bridging Business and Biodiversity: Innovative Approaches on 22 May 2015. The publication highlights the concept of natural capital and its relation with biodiversity and ecosystem services and the best practices of IBBI signatories. To download the publication click here.

The Natural Capital and Climate Policy Project is centred around four thematic reports, which are produced by teams of experts, both academics and practitioners. The four main reports are based on existing analyses, strategies and case studies that highlight the importance of natural services for human wellbeing in Germany. To read more click here.

The CBD mandated Biodiversity Indicators Partnership a global initiative to promote and coordinate the development and delivery of biodiversity indicators in support of the CBD, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), national and regional governments and a range of other sectors. To read more click here.

"In-depth Report Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity" published by the European Commission. How do biodiversity and ecosystem services interact? In May, a new report on that matter was published on behalf of the European Commission. It is helpful for companies who strive to get a better understanding and want to communicate on this issue. To download the report click here.


In Good Company 2015 is the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) International’s annual global platform to engage with leading companies, brands and international NGOs working strategically with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability and FSC. The event will take place in Durban, South Africa from 3-5 September 2015. For more information click here..


The XIV World Forestry Congress, 7-11 September 2015, to be held in Durban, South Africa, will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. For more information click here.


The Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place 9th-10th October 2015 in Accra, Ghana. This landmark forum aims to promote increased sustainability within Africa’s development agenda through mainstreaming of natural capital, and improved business-civil society cooperation. For more information see the attached brochure or click here.


The 8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. For more information click here.


The 2015 Convention for Biological Diversity Business and Biodiversity Forum: Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward (which will also encompass the 5th Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity) will take place from 11-12 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. For further information click here.

The next World Forum on Natural Capital will be held on 23-24 November 2015 in Edinburgh. For more information click here.


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